Agave palmeri
Palmer's Century Plant

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Butterfly FriendlyFull SunDeer ResistantPart ShadeBird Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Palmer's Century Plant
Agave palmeri

Agave palmeri is the largest species of agave in the United States. The green or bluish-green foliage is nearly 3 feet long. They grow upward and outwards to create a large plant several feet across. Closely-spaced, red-tipped teeth run along the edges, the tip is reddish brown and 2 inches long. It flowers only once with a tall stem and yellowish-green flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bats. 

BENEFITS
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
  • They also attract bats and other beneficial insects
  • Interesting blue-gray-green evergreen foliage
  • Drought tolerant and very low maintenance
  • Terrific in decorative containers
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Found in grassland, oak woodland, mountain foothills, well-drained soils, between 3,000 and 6,000 feet elevation.

Interesting Facts

 

Century plants such as this provided Native Americans in the Southwest with food, beverages, fiber, soap, medicine, and lances.

 

GROWING TIPS

 

Plant in a lean, well-drained soil where it will get plenty of sun and heat.

 

Mature Size: 3-4ft. Tall x 4-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 7-9

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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